There were an estimated 2,500 new infections of hepatitis A in the U.S. in 2014.


Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) make up over 50% of people in the U.S. who have chronic hepatitis B.


Cases of acute and chronic hepatitis C in Pierce County are on a dramatic rise, especially among young people. Before 2013, Pierce County saw up to five cases a year. Now we see up to five cases a month.

The ABC's of Hepatitis Read Article

Hep C: From Test to Cure card.
Customizable wallet card for patients with information on testing, status, treatment, and prevention.

Customizable wallet cards for patients [Adapted from Philadelphia Department of Public Health]

Print Wallet Cards

Pierce County HCV Continuum of Care, 2010-2016

Hep C Graph. Call (253) 798-6410 for data explanation
The CDC estimates that half of the people living with hepatitis C in the United States do not know their status. At this point, we don’t have an estimate of the total number of people in Pierce County with hepatitis C (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
The patient’s HCV antibody test was positive, typically indicating exposure to hepatitis C.
The patient had a PCR test, regardless of result; 15-25% of people exposed to HCV will resolve the disease on their own, without treatment.
The patient’s RNA (PCR) test was positive, indicating viremia.
Presence of the following: a quantified viral load, genotyping, disease staging test, or appointment with a GI specialist.
We have verified the start of treatment. If this can’t be verified, then we will use a negative RNA after a confirmed (RNA+) diagnosis as a proxy.
Patient has two negative RNAs at least six months apart after a confirmed (RNA+) diagnosis.
Print Continuum of Care

Resources and Links

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis Populations

Viral Hepatitis in Specific Settings

Washington State Department of Health

State and National Hepatitis Organizations

Professional Articles


Vials Health AdvisoryHepatitisInfection Control
April 30, 2018

Health Advisory: Potential Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has identified two cases of acute hepatitis C in patients with no risk factors for the…
Vials Health AdvisoryHepatitisInfection Control
April 16, 2018

Health Advisory: Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure and Recall of Patients for Testing

On April 14, 2018, a local healthcare provider sent a notice to approximately 3,000 patients of the potential for bloodborne…
Abstract decorative photo of a white brick wall Health AdvisoryHepatitisNotifiable Conditions
October 17, 2017

Health Advisory: Hepatitis A Outbreaks Among Homeless in California

Actions Requested Have increased suspicion for acute hepatitis A among people with acute onset of jaundice, markedly elevated liver function…